May 2021 | Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund Commentary

May Recap: 

The Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum Fund (“CVM”) gained 5.6% in May versus a gain of 3.4% for the S&P/TSX Composite Total Return Index (“Index”)1. The wide range of sector returns continued in May with Materials (+7.9%) leading the way (led by the Gold sub-sector (+10.3%), while Health Care (-3.4%) continued to struggle.

Top CVM performers in May were Major Drilling (“MDI” +51.7%), NuVista Energy (“NVA” +31.9%), and Paramount Resources (“POU” +26.8%)2.

MDI is seeing strengthening demand from gold mining companies and should see added benefit should higher copper and other base metals prices lead to higher capital spending in those industries.

NVA and POU significantly out-performed the Energy Sector (+4.4%). Many of Canada's E&P companies continue to trade at mid-to-high-teen free cash flow yields on spot commodity prices.

One stock was added to the portfolio in May: The North West Company (“NWC”).

NWC is a food retailer serving remote communities in Northern Canada and Alaska as well as tourist destinations in the Caribbean and South Pacific. The company has executed well and gained share through the COVID-19 pandemic. Tourist destinations should see better growth going forward as travel opens up while remote communities are expected to see continued support from investments in Indigenous communities and resource development work. Its position within remote communities also offers it interesting new growth opportunities such as in telehealth and teleoptometry.

The Fund held a 16.0% cash weighting at month-end. CVM has generated substantial value to investors over its long-term history driven by the combination of strong company-specific catalysts and a concentrated portfolio. We continue to look forward to strong results as we progress through 2021 and beyond.

CVM - Caldwell Canadian Value Momentum vs Canadian Equity

2Actual Investments, first purchased: MDI 10/8/2019, NVA 3/10/2021, POU 1/7/2021.

3Return since August 15, 2011 (Perf. Start Date): CVM  11.3%, Index 7.8%. | Returns are annualized for periods greater than one year. | Source: Morningstar

4Categories defined by Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee (“CIFSC”).

The CVM was not a reporting issuer offering its securities privately from August 8, 2011 until July 20, 2017, at which time it became a reporting issuer and subject to additional regulatory requirements and expenses associated therewith.

Unless otherwise specified, market and issuer data sourced from Capital IQ.

As the constituents in the Canadian Equity category largely focus on securities of a larger capitalization and CVM considers, and is invested, in all categories, including smaller and micro-cap securities, we have also shown how CVM ranks against constituents focused in the smaller cap category. The above list represents 6 of a total of 387 constituents in the Canadian Equity category.

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Publication date: June 10, 2021.

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